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'''John William Strutt, 3rd Baron Rayleigh''' (; 12 November 1842 – 30 June 1919) was a physicist who, with William Ramsay, discovered argon, an achievement for which he earned the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1904. He also discovered the phenomenon now called Rayleigh scattering, which can be used to explain why the sky is blue, and predicted the existence of the surface waves now known as Rayleigh waves. Rayleigh's textbook,'' The Theory of Sound'', is still referred to by acoustic engineers today.
Birth date{{birth date|df=yes|1842|11|12}}
Birth placeLangford Grove, Maldon, Essex, England, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland|UK
Death date{{death date and age|df=yes|1919|6|30|1842|11|12}}
Death placeTerling Place, Witham, Essex, England, UK
NationalityEnglish
Alma materTrinity College, Cambridge
Academic advisorsEdward John Routh
Notable students{{unbulleted list |J. J. Thomson |Jagdish Chandra Bose}}
Known for{{unbulleted list |Discovery of argon |Rayleigh waves |Rayleigh scattering |Rayleigh criterion |Interaural time difference|Duplex theory |Acoustics|Sound theory |Rayleigh flow |Rayleigh-Plesset equation| Perturbation theory (quantum mechanics)|Rayleigh–Schrödinger perturbation theory |Rayleigh–Taylor instability|Rayleigh–Jeans law|Rayleigh's equation (fluid dynamics)|Rayleigh's equation}}
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